September 26, 2018
Shareholder pride behind dirty mining appeal
South Taranaki iwi Ngāti Ruanui is saddling up to go back into the court against Trans Tasman Resources, which is appealing its consent to mine the seabed off Patea being sent back to the Environmental Protection Authority for rehearing.
Ngāti Ruanui kaiarataki, Debbie Ngārewa Packer says the Australian-owned company doesn’t seem confident about its chances, but it may be trying to recover face with its shareholders.
She says the High Court has spelled out where the EPA got it wrong in giving the green light of the plan to suck up 50 million tonnes of sand a year and then dump it back in the ocean once the iron was extracted.
"We have said we do not want to have this kind of destruction. That is not the type of develoopment we want to leave as a legacy. They're struggling to understand that," Mrs Ngārewa Packer says.
Ngāti Ruanui would rather spend its resources on social investment in its people than on a third round of lawyers.
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